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Customs
Sun 4 Sep 2016
Customs is contributing to large drug seizures overseas through intelligence sharing and collaboration, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Customs is part of a global enforcement network focussed on identifying and targeting drug smuggling and syndicates worldwide. Information shared with international partners has resulted in approximately 115kgs of cocaine being seized in Australia in the past year,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Thu 25 Aug 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced eight new generation eGates have been installed at Wellington International Airport and are fully operational for arriving and departing passengers. “Eight new eGates are available to New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders arriving and departing in Wellington,” says Ms Wagner. ...
Customs
Sun 21 Aug 2016
The Ministers of Police, Customs, and Internal Affairs have congratulated their departments for their efforts in fighting online child sexual abuse. The Ministers say identification and rescue of victims, both within New Zealand and internationally, will continue to be a priority of their departments’ work. Police, Customs and Internal Affairs recently worked together to create a national database of images to assist in the assessment of child abuse material and victim identification.  ...
Customs
Sun 14 Aug 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs six-months drugs seizure statistics are tracking towards another record year, and show drug interception systems are working well. “From January to June, Customs made 1634 seizures at the border of numerous types of class A, B and C drugs including almost 143 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 575 kilograms of its precursor ephedrine,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Budget 2016 | Customs
Tue 9 Aug 2016
Budget 2016 is investing $19m over four years in modernising and transforming Customs’ workforce model, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says. “Air passenger volumes are forecast to increase by 21% between 2015 and 2020. Trade volumes are forecast to grow by 30% for the same period. We need to ensure that Customs is ready for this growth.” ...
Customs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs is continuing to look into different ways of collecting tax effectively for low-value imports before proposing to lower the threshold at which it is collected. “The volume of low value goods imports has grown by about 14 per cent per annum and is expected to double over the next five years. Customs does not currently collect GST and tariff duty if the total tax owed is under $60,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs is continuing to look into different ways of collecting tax effectively for low-value imports before proposing to lower the threshold at which it is collected. “The volume of low value goods imports has grown by about 14 per cent per annum and is expected to double over the next five years. Customs does not currently collect GST and tariff duty if the total tax owed is under $60,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Sun 26 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs detector dogs that are proving their worth, having sniffed out almost $10 million of undeclared and concealed cash at the border in three years since their introduction. “Customs dogs and their handlers play an important role in targeting and identifying criminal activities and networks. They help to protect New Zealand from money laundering and detecting the movements of large sums of cash that could be linked to illicit activities,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Sun 26 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs detector dogs that are proving their worth, having sniffed out almost $10 million of undeclared and concealed cash at the border in three years since their introduction. “Customs dogs and their handlers play an important role in targeting and identifying criminal activities and networks. They help to protect New Zealand from money laundering and detecting the movements of large sums of cash that could be linked to illicit activities,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says six new eGates are now open for New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders travelling to Queenstown. “Four new next-generation eGates are available on arrival and two on departure, giving travellers the option of completing Customs checks using the one-step electronic process,” Ms Wagner says. “The opening of the gates is timely, with fresh snow covering the ranges and Queenstown airport’s international capacity scheduled to increase by 14 per cent compared to last winter.” ...
Customs
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says six new eGates are now open for New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders travelling to Queenstown. “Four new next-generation eGates are available on arrival and two on departure, giving travellers the option of completing Customs checks using the one-step electronic process,” Ms Wagner says. “The opening of the gates is timely, with fresh snow covering the ranges and Queenstown airport’s international capacity scheduled to increase by 14 per cent compared to last winter.” ...
Customs | Disability Issues
Sat 11 Jun 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today departs to the United States to support New Zealand’s candidate for election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, engage with international experts on the employment of disabled people, and discuss emerging international border security trends with Homeland Security. ...